Island View Riding Stables
Island View Riding Stables
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Equestrian Escapes: Stay - Ride- Explore Island View is a family run Equestrian holiday centre in Ireland, right along the Atlantic coast. We offer horse riding holidays for individuals, families and small groups only. Its a very tailored holiday experience and you get to explore pristine sandy beaches, rugged Moorlands, ancient hills and our private tidal island on horseback. Your guide will match you with a horse to suit you and will accompany you on your rides. Beach rides, lessons, day rides to the stables' private island are all part of the riding holiday packages. Residential holiday packages start from 2 nights and 5 hours short breaks , right up to a week long Atlantic Trailweek.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Libbyinfrance
Paris10 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
NOT TO BE MISSED FOR THE EXPERIENCED HORSE PERSON!

I booked a trip (called Wild Atlantic) a bit last minute as I was going to be in Northern Ireland for a family thing. I used Zara's Planet to find Ursula and Island View. I had a FANTASTIC week. I will definitely be back.

At first glance the stables (yard) seem modest. What is most important are the horses are amazingly well cared for, Ursula is a natural horsewoman and their team of guides are knowledgeable, kind and super fun!

I would recommend this ride for those that are experienced. At a minimum, you should be able to walk, trot and canter with ease. (If not there is a Mix and Match program where you can have some lessons and go on some more quiet rides). You will all be evaluated and given a suitable horse. The West coast of Ireland is rugged and the horses are sure footed and and sound. The stable boasts its own "private island" (true! ) and at low tide you ride across and get to see their mares and foals and other horses that may be having a rest out happily grazing on the island.

Each day was a different ride (two different islands) -- a ride to a famous castle and even up a mountain.

You are treated like family and if you care for horses as much as they do, you're likely to have a stellar ride.

I've been riding all my life, but have never been a fan of galloping fast. On one of the beaches (that seems miles long) -- I was given the opportunity to really gallop fully ( my guide's horse was not as fast ) so there I was galloping off down the beach! It was so fun I cried tears of joy at the end. The mare I was on was totally fine, took care of me and has now made me a lover of gallops on the beach.

I stayed at the B&B (the lookout) which also has 2 self-catering apartments which I highly recommend -- Joe, the host was a hoot and very accommodating. If you are riding with Island View I highly recommend the "Lookout" apartments over the hotel in town. The view of the horses grazing and the island never got old.

And, no joke, I saw 4 rainbows in one week! If that's not the luck of the Irish, I don't know what is!

Fabulous, rugged horses - totally knowledgeable and kind horsepeople.

A one of a kind experience. Thank you, Ursula and team! (I'll let you hear about the Irish-German love story on-site.

Written 8 October 2023
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Chloe
1 contribution
Nov 2021 • Friends
Went on the beach and bog trek on Sunday and it was so enjoyable. Would highly recommend it to anyone interested it doing it. Staff were so helpful and friendly. Will definitely be back to do it again :)
Written 8 November 2021
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Thank you for your lovely review!
Written 7 February 2022
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Hannah C
Belfast16 contributions
Nov 2021 • Solo
Had the best time. Booked a 2 hour beach ride for myself as a treat. The girl who took my trek was lovely and easy to talk to. Poppy was my horse and she was so nice to ride with a good temperament! Would recommend fo anyone and hope to come back again soon!
Written 6 November 2021
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timulster
Newry, UK22 contributions
Oct 2021 • Solo
Excellent friendly staff, quiet well mannered horses. Beautiful 1hr beach trek. Beautiful scenery. Reasonably priced.
Written 4 November 2021
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Jane T
6 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
Highly recommended, had a wonderful afternoon trek down to the beach with the kids. Friendly, experienced staff that showed great care and guidance. Looking forward to our next visit.
Written 1 November 2021
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Clodagh G
2 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
We had a great experience for our 1 hour horse riding on the beach. Amazing views on the beach and the gorgeous autumnal weather helped. The team were very helpful and really well organised.
Written 29 October 2021
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Charmir
Sligo, Ireland45 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
We went horse riding this week for an hour and my daughter 10 and I enjoyed it. The horses were very calm, and there were a number of staff on hand when we went down to the beach. Would totally recommend it.
Written 29 October 2021
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Annica P
8 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
Everything was just perfect. Great matched horses to great guides. Went for a four day trip. Beautifull speedy beachrides and wonderfull views. Lovely friendly personal working there and friendly horses. Hope to be able to come back for an island day in the summer. Big thanks to Bouncer an Poppy for having us feel safe on their backs.
Written 28 October 2021
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mariegarrykennedy2
5 contributions
Oct 2021
What a fantastic experience... We're just back from a gentle stroll/trot on the beach, it was on my bucket list for a long time and my hubby surprised me with that gift on a wild and rain-battered day, it couldn't have been better, he was very brave (first time rider) and I was very scared (hadn't been on a horse in 30 years, it's not exactly like a bike, you tend to forget the height of them!!!) Jessica my horse was a good match, but mainly the Team and especially the instructors were very professional, you feel like both the staff and animals are happy there. We felt very safe despite the dreadful weather, I always heard that the wind made the horses very nervous, but they were well kept in check by the instructors at all times. Can only recommend whatever your level or abilities, the magic of the beach will remind with us for a long time. We'll be back on a calmer sunny day for a gallop!
Written 26 October 2021
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Doyne M
1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Family
What an experience, it exceeded my expectations, value for money, fun, scenery was fantastic, horses were well matched to the riders abilities. Myself and my son had a ball the weather didn't put us off. We will be returning again soon we loved it so much.
Written 24 October 2021
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